Chrysler Lawsuit Regarding Leaking Sunroofs Seeks Class Action Status

The lawsuit against Chrysler for leaking sunroofs is still trying to reach class-action status. The lawsuit, which was first filed in 2014, alleges the manufacturer was negligent in disclosing to owners that regular maintenance is needed on affected vehicles’ sunroof drain tubes. 

The vehicles named in the lawsuit include the Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Jeep Compass, Jeep Commander, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chrysler Town and Country and Chrysler 300, from model years 2009 to present.

The lawsuit was brought forth by David Cox, owner of a 2010 Jeep Patriot. He claims his vehicle’s sunroof began leaking after owning the vehicle for the less than a year, and, as a result, has sustained interior damage that lessen the vehicle’s resale value.

“Within one year of purchase and when the vehicle had approximately 10,000 miles on it, plaintiff Cox’s vehicle began leaking from the sunroof damaging the radio in the vehicle,” the court document states. “Plaintiff Cox brought his vehicle in to the Chrysler dealer’s service department to service the sunroof leak immediately. The Chrysler dealer replaced the radio and cleaned out the sunroof drain tubes. However, the sunroof has leaked several times since the first attempted repair, once again damaging the radio display and causing electrical malfunctions in the sunroof. Thus, on June 26, 2013, plaintiff Cox brought the vehicle in to the Chrysler service department again to service the sunroof leak. However, Chrysler refused to repair the sunroof leak under the warranty stating that clogged drain tubes is a maintenance problem. As a result, plaintiff Cox continues to observe water leaking into and through the sunroof and interior dome light that has resulted in electrical problems, a noticeable musty or moldy smell and water damage to the interior of his vehicle.”

Cox claims he was never told by Chrysler that the vehicle’s sunroof drain tubes would need routine maintenance.

The lawsuit also alleges that Chrysler told a number of owners that the leaking sunroofs were a result of the vehicles being misused. It goes on to claim that even vehicles that were still under warranty were denied repairs by dealers, who claimed the damage was due to the owners not taking the proper steps in maintaining the sunroof drain tubes.

Claims in the lawsuit regarding warranty and fraud have been dismissed by the judge, but claims of violating implied warranty and consumer protection laws are continuing. According to the judge, the plaintiffs have not had sufficient time to “engage in merits-based discovery” against Chrysler.

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6 Responses to Chrysler Lawsuit Regarding Leaking Sunroofs Seeks Class Action Status

  1. Rose says:

    My daughter’s family car is a MESS! When we go through the car wash we get soaked. The headliner is waterstained and disgusting looking.
    Her console papers and glove box get flooded. Feet get wet, rug on floor board.
    This happens every time it rains.
    It’s heartbreaking to see a young couple work so hard to have a nice family vehicle just to have it look worse than a work truck.
    Step up and fix this Chrysler.

  2. Peggy Rodriguez says:

    I just purchased a 2007 Jeep Liberty for my teenage son. Had it parked in the driveway, after a rainy night, we opened the door to a mess. The passenger front seat, front floor board, and back floor board were soaked..
    This is disheartening, if anyone can give me information on how to be included in this law suit I would appreciate it..
    Thanks!

    • BRIDGET ATWELL says:

      I have a 2007 Liberty too and I’ve fixed it twice and it still leaks. When I brought it to my body shop the guy told me he had two other Jeeps in for the same thing. Wish this lawsuit went for 2007 too.

  3. Joel Terragnoli (LTC-Retired) NYARNG says:

    I helped my son buy a 2008 Jeep Liberty in 2014 as a student at the US Air Force Academy. We have had the tubes blown clear, the rubber gasket around the sunroof replaced and the Jeep is still leaking, and the floors still get wet when it rains. We would like to get this fixed. would never have bought it if we knew the sunroof leaked.

  4. Darrell jordan says:

    My 2018 compass sun roof been leaking for 6 months. I took it in to a jeep dealer they charged me 132.00 an said the drains are clogged not our problem. Now I just want to get rid of it and tell jeep where to stick it.

  5. scott says:

    I have a 2013 patriot and it’s a piece of crap. Leaking sunroof and all.

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